Hi... just looking for opinions on my new system. I upgrade about every 4-5 years My last CPU/mobo was in June 2007: Core 2 Duo 1.86Ghz Conroe, ancient by today's standards so I'm about at that time! I currently boot from a Crucial C300 64GB SSD with Win7 Pro x64, with my data on a WD Caviar Green 3TB. I also have an ATI Radeon 6850 which has been great. These components, I plan to move to the new system, and replace my WMC DVR with the current build, including 8GB Crucial Rendition RAM DDR2/667.
I'm looking to upgrade CPU/motherboard, and case at a relatively budget rate but still get something quality I can run reliably for another 4+ years. Below is my build that I've created from Newegg at about $600. Any opinions on this? I'm not looking to necessarily OC, or if so at a minimal amount. I do some casual gaming, at the moment mainly Skyrim and add-ons, along with video editing (ripping CD/DVD/Bluray, convert to AVI/MP4/MKV), etc.
Also wondering about the on-board audio with the AsRock Z77. I have a 5.1 Logitech system w/subwoofer. It would be great to not need a separate soundcard, although I'm hesitant about relying on anything on-board. New specs:
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Rosewill REDBONE Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-16GAR
[free] G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAB
COOLER MASTER Hyper TX3 RR-910-HTX3-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" 92mm CPU Cooler
Thanks allanitomwesh. Everything has worked out generally well. I ditched the mid-tower case for a nice Antec Nine Hundred Two V3, and am building a Linux box with that Rosewill case. I will check out the 212 cooler. Since I don't really OC, I went cheap although using it now reminds me that, you get what you pay for :-/
if you think you can get use out of an overclock you should look into it. Today its so easy to overclock you could have a mild overclock on a 3570k and 212 evo at 4.2ghz or more. I personally hit 4.6 without raising my voltage hardly at all. Just something to think about.